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GIVING BACK WITH CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AUTOMOTIVE

Mike and Jan Sampeck Connect Auto Repair Customers With Community Needs

Article by Niki Carbajal

Photography by Holly Farrow

Originally published in Celina Lifestyle

Christian Brothers Automotive opened in Celina June of 2021. As residents of the Mckinney historic district, Mike and Jan Sampeck were frequent visitors to the area and often visited friends in Celina and Gunter. The couple chose to open a Christian Brothers franchise because they felt it married their life experiences perfectly. Mike has 30+ years in pharmaceutical sales strategy and excels in casting vision, growing a start-up, and creating a healthy culture in the workplace. Jan, previously a minister at Chase Oaks Church in Plano, has a heart for missions, non-profit ministry, and loving people through serving.

The city of Celina welcomed the Christian Brothers franchise with excitement and very quickly the Sampeck’s opened the doors to the first location north of the 380 corridor. Jan and Mike agree the timing and placement of their Celina location on Preston was a gift from God. “We believe it is our mission to be a light in the industry and in the community just as Jesus is the Light of the world. We do that through giving back and after two years of business in Celina, we are in the position to financially contribute through partnering with local non-profits” Mike says. 

Christian Brothers Automotive has two programs in which they attempt to make a difference in the lives of those around them. In October, National Service Day provides free oil changes to those who need a helping hand. Participants are vetted and referred through local non-profits to enable Christian Brothers to focus on organizing a big celebratory event which includes food, face painting, and a fun family atmosphere. The entire company is involved; technicians donate their labor and vendors donate parts. In 2022, $35,000 in auto repairs was donated during the National Service Day. 

A new program Christian Brothers Automotive is rolling out provides an opportunity for auto repair customers to use their money for fundraising for non-profits. Organizations like Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors, Grace Bridge, and Cornerstone NCT are featured in the shop for 30 days twice a year. At check-out, customers have the opportunity of receiving a $30 discount off their repair expenses if they choose to donate $15 to the featured non-profit organization. That donation is made directly to the charity through a point-of-sale hardware piece called a Dip Jar. This new program provides the opportunity for more exposure for the non-profit group with the hope that it “will invite customers to get more involved and turn a donor into a volunteer and a patron” Jan explained.

Mike and Jan firmly believe they are in the Celina community to be an agent of good. Jan ensures “whether you as a customer use our Dip Jar non-profit donation program or not, spending money at Christian Brothers Automotive does bless people because it enables us to support our local charities. We’re here to repair your car and be a place you can trust. Our ultimate goal is to love on people”.   

For more information on partnering a non-profit with Christian Brothers Automotive and on their repair services, contact jan.sampeck@cbauto.net and cbac.com/celina


 

  • owners Jan & Mike Sampeck